Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for your health! It can greatly reduce your risk of developing a tobacco-related illness and add years to your life.  If you are ready to quit and looking for help, Southwestern Public Health offers information about how to access quit smoking supports near you. 


Southwestern Public Health

Quit smoking workshops are offered on a regular basis by Southwestern Public Health. Eligible participants will receive 5 weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patches, gum, lozenges, mist, inhalers). If you are interested in quitting smoking, register for a one-time stop-smoking workshop. Call 1-800-922-0096 for more information or to register. 

Quit smoking programs in Oxford County

Free nicotine replacement therapy is available across Oxford County. Contact public health at 519-421-9901 ext. 3496 to get started. You can also visit one of our smoking cessation clinics:

  • Monday and Wednesdays - Woodstock and Tillsonburg
  • Thursdays - Ingersoll

Quit smoking programs in St. Thomas and Elgin County

Free nicotine replacement therapy is available across St. Thomas and Elgin County. Free nicotine replacement therapy is available for rostered patients only at:

  • Central Community Health Centre – 519-633-7989
  • East Elgin Family Health Team – 519-773-3715
  • Thames Valley Family Health Team – 519-473-0530
  • West Elgin Community Health Centre – 519-768-1715
  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin – 519-633-1781

Free nicotine replacement therapy and counseling is also available to Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program recipients living in St. Thomas and Elgin County through select pharmacies:

  • Elmdale Medical Pharmacy (25 Elm Street, St. Thomas) – 519-633-6337
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (410 Talbot Street, St. Thomas) – 519-631-2300
  • Shoppers Drug Mart (204 First Avenue, St. Thomas) – 519-633-3070
  • Yurek Pharmacy (519 Talbot Street, St. Thomas) – 519-631-3330


Tools to help you quit

Thinking of quitting smoking? There are a few tools that can help you prepare for a quit attempt. Studies show that is may take up to 30 quit attempts before someone quits for good. Therefore, being prepared and thinking through your smoking triggers and behaviour is critical to success. Don’t give up!

  • Pregnets: Provides information for pregnant women who are wanting to quit smoking.
  • OHIP+: Quit smoking support for individuals age 24 and under with up to one year of pharmacist assisted counselling and prescription medication (18+) available for free.
  • Ontario Drug Benefits: Offers eligible individuals receiving Ontario Drug Benefits up to a year of pharmacist assisted counselling and prescription medication to quit smoking for free
  • Smokers’ Helpline: A free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. Services are offered by phone, email online and through text messaging.